Communities and local governments work with the Pennsylvania NRCS State Office and local USDA Service Centers to help them protect their natural resources. NRCS also provides information on climatology, water management, watershed planning, and flood control. A coalition of state conservation agencies, The National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), provides guidance and operates state environmental, sediment control, and soil erosion prevention programs. The Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program focuses on improvement of quality of life achieved through natural resources conservation and community development. NRCS can provide grants for land conservation, water management, community development, and environmental needs in designated RC&D areas. The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC) advocates for local Resource Conservation and Development Councils nationwide. Local RC&D Councils are grass-roots community leaders working collectively in behalf of conservation and sustainable development.